Luna Italiana

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Luna Italiana

Luna Italiana

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Luna Italiana

directed by:


Piero Angela, Amedeo Balbi, Giuseppe Bianco,Oscar Cosulich, Paolo D’Angelo, Susanna Nicchiarelli, Roberto Somma, Tito Stagno



Luce Cinecittà, in collaboration with History Channel, under the patronage of Agenzia Spaziale Italiana, in collaboration with NASA

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festivals & awards:

  • Los Angeles - Italia 2021: Docu is Beautiful
  • Tsiolkovsky International Space Film Festival ISFF 2020: Best Film
  • Alexandre Trauner Art/Film Festival 2021

‘Luna Italiana‘ (Italian Moon) is the title of the documentary, directed by Marco Spagnoli and produced by Istituto Luce-Cinecittà for A+E Networks Italia with the patronage of Agenzia Spaziale Italiana and in collaboration with NASA, that reconstructs the life and personality of Rocco Petrone (1926-2006) director of operations of the launch of Apollo 11 and key collaborator of Wernher Von Braun.
Son of immigrants from Sasso di Catalda, in the province of Potenza, Roncone, was born in the USA. He attended the West Point Academy and graduated at the MIT. He subsequently entered the legendary group of engineers who founded the nucleus of what was to become NASA in Hunstville, Alabama in 1958. “No one will ever be able to say enough good about Rocco Petrone. We would never have arrived on the Moon in time or, perhaps, we would never have arrived without Rocco.” With these words Isom ‘Ike’ Rigell, who in 1969 was chief engineer of the Kennedy Space Center conveys the importance of ‘The Tiger of Cape Canaveral’, as Petrone was nicknamed, a man who had a central role in the long and difficult path that led, on 20 July of that year, to the moon landing.